Posted at: 09/04/2012 6:18 PM
| Updated at: 09/06/2012 1:16 PM
By: Benita Zahn
Nothing like a ribbon cutting to 'kick off' an event and that's how the local Alzheimer's Association ushered in World Alzheimer's awareness month along with a series of mini walks to raise awareness about the disease.
But walking was only part of the event. There was music.
The Joytones are one of only two choruses, nationwide, comprised of people with Alzheimer's and their caregivers; the other is in New York city. Joytones Director and founder, Doug Long is caregiver to his wife, Peggy.
"It's been proven through research that music is a wonderful therapy."
And Doug adds, "And they look forward to being able to do this out of the house and enjoy and meet other people who have similar situations in their life."
As Doug and Peggy know - research to find a cure may take years. Until then, it's about quality of life -- and a little music makes life sweeter for all.
For more info on the Joytones call 867-4999 ext. 203. For info on the upcoming Alzheimer's Walk on October 20 at Siena College go to www.alzwalkneny.org.